Fulbright Scholar Program Opportunities in Europe-Eurasia Region

Ginger Jones (Second from left)
Virginia E. Jones, Associate Professor, Louisiana State
University - Alexandria, Louisiana.
Host Institution: University of Montenegro, Niksic,

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in Europe and Eurasia offers diverse opportunities for U.S. faculty, researchers and professionals to reside for an extended period in the region’s 45 participating countries through educational and cultural exchange. With approximately 270 award offerings and close to 400 grants funded annually, Europe and Eurasia is the largest regional program within the Fulbright Scholar Program. Applicants can propose to teach and/or conduct collaborative research at some of the best universities/research institutions in the world. Grantees to Europe and Eurasia contribute to the rapidly changing global landscape of higher education, while, at the same time, gain a deep understanding of societies and cultures in the host countries. Details of awards and programs vary by country.

A unique feature of the Europe and Eurasia programs is that most of the 270 awards are specific to a discipline or a combination of disciplines, thus offering tailored opportunities for applicants with relevant background and expertise. In a number of countries in Europe, in particular in Western and Central Europe, designated host institutions or regional councils have partnered with the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates can browse over 80 such partnership awards in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.

In addition to program-wide innovations for AY 2014-15, the scope of awards in Europe has been kept dynamic by adding over 40 new awards that are designed to meet critical needs of higher education in Albania, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Further, seasoned academics with an eminent record of teaching and scholarship are encouraged to share their expertise through the wide array of options available within the framework of the Distinguished Chair Program - 26 out of the 36 Distinguished Chair appointments worldwide are hosted by countries in Europe, including: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

In recent years, the region has also seen growth in opportunities targeted at postdoctoral or early-career scholars. While Europe and Eurasia now offers over 100 awards that consider junior applicants, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain offer awards that are exclusively open to candidates in early stages of their career.

To keep to our commitment of diversity and innovation, faculty and professionals at U.S. community colleges can enjoy singular opportunities through the Community College Faculty Award and the Community College Administrators Seminar awards in Russia. Moreover, many awards across the region seek applicants outside academia-professionals in nonprofits, media or healthcare, economists, entrepreneurs, legislators, artists, writers, journalists and police officers-to gain comparative perspective and deepen knowledge of the region as well as understanding of the U.S. in host countries.

Multi-country opportunities exist for not only academics but also professionals, such as policy analysts and media representatives, to promote transnational dialogue and network with colleagues in the 28 Member States of the European Union through the Fulbright-Schuman European Union Affairs regional awards. In addition, cross-country collaborative projects with bilateral relevance are welcome under Austrian-Hungarian Joint Research Award or the All Disciplines: Collaborative Teaching and Research in Turkey.

Some of the most rewarding experiences have been reported by Fulbrighters venturing further afield to take up assignments in countries at the crossroads of continents and intermingling cultures. Fulbright Scholar grantees to Eurasia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine), the Baltics, the Balkans or Turkey have fostered knowledge, cooperation and innovation in a multicultural teaching and research environment that allowed them to return to the U.S. as more open-minded citizens of the world.


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